Business is sweet for pastry chef Indira Aguilar. Her indie bakery, Cake Pan, is fast becoming the talk of the wedding circuit for its unique take on cakes and homespun creations for the modern bride, garnering national recognition and drawing in celebrity clients. But while her professional life is blossoming, her personal life is crumbling. Indira may have a talent for blending buttercream into bliss, but when it comes to relationships, she’s got a lot to learn. Considering that the love of her life, Josh Oliver, is not only married, but also runs the award-winning pastry department of her fiercest competition, Crystal Cove Resort, Indira puts much more at stake than just her heart when she ends her affair with him. Rumors begin to fly as the small seaside community of Long Beach learns of her secret relationship, and Indira must defend not only her actions, but her wedding business and her reputation while trying to maneuver the choppy heartbreak waters of starting over, finding new love, and facing her past. With the support of friends and family, a fondness for butter, and a determined spirit, Indira may just bake her way back to happiness and possibly into the heart of Crystal Cove’s dishy new chef, Noah. But one thing is certain. Where there’s heartbreak, there must be cake.
*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
‘Heartbreak Cake’ is Cindy Arora’s debut and quite an enjoyable read. I don’t know about you, but whenever I hear the word cake, or baking, or pastry I’m reminded of British Chick lit, because there are many chick lit authors who go for a bakery as a setting or have Chefs as their MSc. However, I was surprised to see an author from the States writing such a book. But please don’t judge me, there could be plenty of US authors who wrote such books, however I’ve not encountered them.
Anyway, this book is about romance and cake, oh and heartbreak. It’s centered around Indira Aguilar, the owner of Cake Pan, a cozy little place fameous for their cakes. The business seems to be blossoming with more and more wedding orders, however Indira is not having such a success when it comes to her love life. She’s been in a long (and exhausting) relationship with a married guy. Yup, you heard that right, Josh Oliver, the love of her life is married. At the same time, he’s sort of a rival when it comes to the business, since he’s running the pastry department of Crystal Cove Resort.
I know, I know, cheaters were never my favourites too, but there’s something about Indira, something warm and friendly, you just can’t help but like her. She was aware Josh was married when she started their relationships, and yes, there were couple of moments when I wanted to give her a good shake and wake her up from hibernation, but then I realized this whole ‘imperfection’ made her seem more real. We all have flaws, and all make mistakes her’s being for getting involved with the wrong dude. But she’s not the only one to blame for this. Things get complicated, as expected, and soon her and her bakery’s reputation is on the line. She becomes the center of the gossip and is under a great stress. But as in most chick lits, you have nothing to fear, for Indira’s life will take a new course.
I really enjoyed Heartbreak Cake. It’s fun, easy to read and yummy. All those cakes and beautiful dishes sure didn’t help my diet, but honestly, this was a great debut. I think Cindy did a great job with creating her MC, and I honestly thought I’m gonna judge Indira or even hate her, but I didn’t. On the contrary, she was very likable and seemed very real to me. For this, I applaud to Ms Arora. Would I be reading more of her books? Of course, I think Ms Arora has the potential and talent, and I’m definitely looking forward to her new one, whenever that happens.
My rating: 7/10